Franz Kafka wrote that “” I once shared this sentence with a class of seventh graders, and it didn’t seem to require any explanation.
We’d just finished John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men. When we read the end together out loud in class, my toughest boy, a star basketball player, wept a little, and so did I. “Are you crying?” one girl asked, as she got out of her chair to take a closer look. “I am,” I told her, “and the funny thing is I’ve read it many times.”
But they understood. When George shoots Lennie, the tragedy is that we realize it was always going to happen. In my 14 years of teaching in a New York City public middle school, I’ve taught kids with imprisoned parents, abusive parents, irresponsible parents; kids who are parents themselves; kids who are homeless; kids who grew up in violent neighborhoods. They understand, more than I ever will, the novel’s terrible logic—the giving way of dreams to fate (命运).
For the last seven years, I have worked as a reading enrichment teacher, reading classic works of literature with small groups of students from grades six to eight. I originally proposed this idea to my headmaster after learning that a former excellent student of mine had transferred out of a selective high school—one that often attracts the literary-minded children of Manhattan’s upper classes—into a less competitive setting. The daughter of immigrants, with a father in prison, she perhaps felt uncomfortable with her new classmates. I thought additional “cultural capital” could help students like her develop better in high school, where they would unavoidably meet, perhaps for the first time, students who came from homes lined with bookshelves, whose parents had earned Ph.
Along with Of Mice and Men, my groups read: Sounder, The Red Pony, Lord of the Flies, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. The students didn’t always read from the expected point of view. About The Red Pony, one student said, “it’s about being a man, it’s about manliness. ”I had never before seen the parallels between Scarface and Macbeth, nor had I heard Lady Macbeth’s soliloquies (独白) read as raps (说唱), but both made sense; the interpretations were playful, but serious. Once introduced to Steinbeck’s writing, one boy
中考英语阅读精选49篇附答... 46页 免费 2013中考英语阅读真题及答... 2页 2财富值 file中考英语阅读简答专项... 1页 免费 中考英语阅读训练题5 暂无评价...
高一英语阅读训练(5) A Mr Smith(John's English teacher) :John Brown? Yes,I remember John.I knew he was an unusually bright boy from the moment ...
外小五年级英语阅读练习4篇_五年级英语_英语_小学教育_教育专区。外小的英语阅读练习,有一定难度吧。A> 英语短文阅读练习 It’s September and we are back ...
A: the grapes are not good B: he can‘t get them C: he isn‘t hungry 六年级英语阅读练习 (五) ( 1) I Can See You John has a parrot. It ...
英语阅读综合训练(五)_英语_高中教育_教育专区。(A) 1. The following things are considered “motherly” things EXCEPT___ . A. taking children go to ...
- 项目一数控车床基本操作 任务二认识操作面板
- A55 江淮瑞风维修手册-车身电气--组合开关
- 四季童趣教学设计 胡阳